RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 778991027 LA English T1 Steep : the precipitous rise of the Tea Party A1 Rosenthal, Lawrence,, Trost, Christine., PB University of California Press PP Berkeley YR 2012 SN 9780520274228 0520274229 9780520274235 0520274237 AB In the Spring of 2009, the Tea Party emerged onto the American political scene. In the wake of Obama's election, as commentators proclaimed the "death of conservatism", Tax Day rallies and Tea Party showdowns at congressional town hall meetings marked a new and unexpected chapter in American conservatism. This work brings together leading scholars and experts on the American Right to examine a political movement that electrified American society. Topics addressed by the volume's contributors include the Tea Party's roots in earlier mass movements of the Right and in distinctive forms of American populism and conservatism, the significance of class, race and gender to the rise and successes of the Tea Party, the effect of the Tea Party on the Republican Party, the relationship between the Tea Party and the Religious Right, and the contradiction between the grass-roots nature of the Tea Party and the established political financing behind it. Throughout the volume, authors provide detailed accounts of the movement's development at local and national levels. In an epilogue, the editors address the relationship between the Tea Party and the Occupy Wall Street movement.